Herbarium Database Project
We are currently redesigning and updating our database for easier data input and greater access for research. The UVic library has recently chosen our database as a pilot project for archiving digital data. We are continuing with the digitization of specimen labels, while pursuing our dream of imaging the specimens using high resolution photography.
Database and collections managers, work study students and volunteers are working together to enter collections data into a database that will be accessible on the internet. Having our specimen data on-line will make UVic plant collection more accessible for researchers and the public. As of May 2015, 10,600 of our approximately 50,000 specimens have been entered into the database, mostly by volunteers.
Phylogeography of Arctic Plants
In association with the Royal British Columbia Museum and other collaborators, the UVic herbarium conducts research into the phylogeographical study of arctic and alpine plants. This research focuses on molecular evidence for post-glacial dispersal patterns and potential locations of glacial refugia in British Columbia. Recent projects have been carried out on several species, including Oxyria digyna, Rhodiola integrifolia, Sibbaldia procumbens, and Polygonum viviparum.
Allen GA, Marr KL, McCormick LJ and Hebda RJ (2012). The impact of Pleistocene climate change on an ancient arctic–alpineplant: multiple lineages of disparate history in Oxyria digyna. Ecology and Evolution 2: 649-665.
Marr K, Allen GA and Hebda RJ (2008). Refugia in the Cordilleran Ice Sheet of western North America: chloroplast DNA diversity from the Arctic-alpine plant Oxyria digyna. Journal of Biogeography 35: 1323-1334.
Botanical Drawings by Sasha Opeiko
Sasha Opeiko is a graduate student in Fine Arts here at UVic. She is an Ontario native and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Windsor. Her creative research explores human relationships to the natural world and the ways in which poetic mysticism drives our quest for knowledge.
This work is currently being exhibited on the second floor of the Cunningham building on campus.
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